Popularity or Prestige?: The Case of JASIST Rank

Journal of Scientometric Research,2017,6,3,141-150.
Published:December 2017
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Müge Akbulut, Department of Information Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara-06760, TURKEY.

Sümeyye Akça , Department of Information Management, Ardahan Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Ardahan University, Ardahan-75002, TURKEY.


In this study, we ranked articles published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) between the years 2010–2015, based on their popularity and prestige (quality) with respect to the sources of the citations and their fields and for which each citation has a different weight. We defined the number of citations as reflecting an article’s “popularity,” and the relative status of the journal in which the article was cited as “prestige.” As such, we also took the impact of published works into account in this relevance ranking. We compared our rankings with those in which only the journal impact factor (JIF) is considered. Our findings show that rankings in which prestige value is taken into account are more appropriate for the nature of the articles published in the JASIST.

Venn diagram for JIF, EF, and AIS values.